Septic systems are built for the long-term, so they are often neglected with disastrous results. As such, your septic system should be maintained at least once a year. Because septic systems often use chemicals unfit for human consumption, there are a few good reasons not to attempt hands-on inspections and leave it to professionals. However, there are a few things you can do to keep your septic system running smoothly until it’s time for your next annual inspection.
It seems counter-intuitive, but one of the biggest problems that septic systems can have is overload. If you have leaky faucets or toilet issues, fix them. All that water is making its way into your septic system, and is a recipe for problems. Using basic water conservation techniques can help reduce any potential problems later by reducing the amount of stress applied on your septic system.
Get rid of your garbage disposal
Garbage disposals on average will increase the amount of solids entering your septic system by 50 percent. It’s a bad idea to keep using it, because it will lead to more build-up, meaning possible overload and an expensive emergency visit by a professional later on. It’s better to just remove it and eliminate a potential issue before it starts. Unless you’re practicing composting, there’s little good reason to do so anyway.
Know where your septic system is
If your septic system is completely buried, then it will take a bit of investigation to figure out where it is located—and this can add to the amount of time it takes to have an inspection done. Once it’s searched out and found, better commit it to memory so there won’t be any problems finding it during the regular inspection.
Don’t plant trees near your septic system
Once you know where your septic system is, make sure not to plant trees near them. Trees have massive roots that can cause leakage and massive damage to your septic system, which could mean potential negative implications for the groundwater. If you’re looking to plant trees, choose areas as far away from it as possible.
Don’t waste time with water softeners
If you see signs of trouble with your septic system, call a professional first. Many products exist on the market that will supposedly help maintain it. However, there’s little documented evidence for these claims. To boot, some of these products can actually cause problems for the surrounding groundwater. So to be concise, just don’t use them.
Divert outside water
Make sure that any gutters or methods of diverting rainwater are pointed away from the direction of the septic tank. The reason for this is that these tanks operate by using microbes that break down waste solids, and excess water will dilute that process if it’s directed to it.
Maintaining a septic system is fairly simple—it just needs to be inspected regularly by a professional. With that, all you have to do is employ common sense in dealing with it. Doing all these will ensure a well-cared for water system in your home, and ultimately your septic system should provide a lifetime of good service without much water issues.